Fear and Loathing in White, Working Class America: How Political Appeals to Individualism, Implicit Racism, and Religion have Polarized our Two-Party System

dc.contributor.advisorElsass, H. Jaymi
dc.contributor.authorSheets, Kathlene
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDenney, Joel
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-19T17:04:26Z
dc.date.available2021-01-19T17:04:26Z
dc.date.issued2020-12
dc.description.abstractAt the core of modern political division is a deep resentment for the culture of the opposing side. Political narratives deployed by politicians and media outlets emphasize polarized values that pit progressive leaning and right-wing Americans against each other, contribute to misinformation, and uphold systemic inequity. This paper focuses on the values of the white, working class, as this group has been the target of many political codes and appeals throughout American history due to its ability to sway a voting body. Politicians have exploited the unique economic and social circumstances of the white, working class such as their appeal to individualism and Evangelical religions and their fear of economic instability and civil unrest in a populist attempt to gain trust. Through rhetoric coated in conservative American values, politicians equate whiteness with morality and the protestations of liberal elites and minority groups with disorder to keep the social hierarchy intact so they can remain in power.
dc.description.departmentCriminal Justice and Criminology
dc.description.departmentPsychology
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent91 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationSheets, K. (2020). Fear and loathing in white, working class America: How political appeals to individualism, implicit racism, and religion have polarized our two-party system (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/13123
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectcritical race theory
dc.subjectsouthern strategy
dc.subjectdog whistles
dc.subjectevangelical
dc.subjectwhite working class
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleFear and Loathing in White, Working Class America: How Political Appeals to Individualism, Implicit Racism, and Religion have Polarized our Two-Party System
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineCriminal Justice and Criminology
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University

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